Justin Willingham

Host - All Things Considered

My mother introduced me to WKNO-FM and public radio long before I can remember. I suppose the first thing I really recall about WKNO-FM is that every afternoon, when my mother picked me up from school, the radio was tuned-in to The World, then All Things Considered, probably beginning around age 8. The way these reporters and hosts took you from the comfort of your mom's van to wherever in the world they were reporting from absolutely fascinated me. From then on, I was officially hooked.

I first volunteered for Sally Stover at age 15 (1998), working long shifts during the Action Auction and then as her unofficial summer intern. I would sneak back into radio and try to casually introduce myself to the on-air personalities (Kacky and Darel), hoping they'd say, “Hey! You've got just the voice we need for the radio!”

After returning to Memphis from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2006, I had the opportunity to work part-time as the Monday afternoon host on FM 88.9 and Saturday mornings on FM 91.1. Soon thereafter, I was asked to be the local host for All Things Considered and Marketplace every weekday. In 2008, I took over production duties and became the Assistant Operations Manager, editing shows such as The Memphis Symphony Radio Hour and engineering Friday Live Lunch. Since then, my job has included editing all of John Malmo's commentaries, Memphis Moments with Steve Pike, and being the producer of our newest radio program, Counterpoint, with Jonathan Judaken.

WKNO-FM is my constant source for news and information. My dog, Ethel, also enjoys listening every afternoon to All Things Considered, while I'm away at work. With the creation of our HD-2 and HD-3 streams, I am constantly connected to the news that matters, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I am very grateful and lucky to get to work at a job that constantly feeds my mind with informative conversations, interviews, music, and entertainment. I am proud to be a tiny part of WKNO-FM Memphis.

Ways To Connect

http://cohen.house.gov/ / U.S. House of Representatives

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District joins host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, for a discussion on national security and NSA intelligence gathering through citizens' phone records. 

Dr. Steven Schlozman

Dr. Steven Schlozman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of Training for Child and Adolescent Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is an avid fan of culture and horror films, writing about movies, books, pop songs, and sports, as well as blogging for the Boston Globe, Psychology Today, and various academic journals.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Daily News Senior Reporter Bill Dries talk with Mid-South school principals about their concerns regarding education, consolidation, and what it takes to have a successful school.

Shelby County Government

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Memphis Daily News Senior Reporter Bill Dries talk with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell about the county budget and the rising costs of paying for the Unified School District.

The Memphis Daily News

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton about the city's budget, long-term projects, and the possibility of a property tax increase.  

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Unified School Board Chairman Billy Orgel, Unified School Board member Tomeka Hart, Chairman of the County Commission Mike Ritz, and County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker joined host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, discuss Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton's proposal to a skeptical Memphis City Council for a property tax increase.

Brent Davis / Germantown Community Theatre

Ruthless: the Musical, by Joal Paley and Marvin Laird, opens May 17 and runs until June 2, 2013. Director Michael Duggan, along with cast members Sally Stover and Kim Justis-Eikner, spoke with Kacky Walton about the production.

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.

"Anything" includes murdering the teenage girl who got the part instead of Tina. 

Ruthless: the Musical

Musical/Comedy Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley, Music by Marvin Laird 

Elmwood Cemetery, founded in 1852, is the oldest active cemetery in Memphis. Fifty citizens put up $500 each to purchase and develop a 40-acre parcel of land. Another 40 acres were added later.

The name Elmwood was selected by a drawing from a list of proposed names. Elm trees had to be planted afterwards. 

Bard Cole / WKNO

Memphis City Councilmen Shea Flinn, Lee Harris, and Jim Strickland join Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries and host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, to discuss Memphis city budget proposals, property assessments, and the potential for a property tax increase.

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